Friday, August 11, 2006
Case Law Development: Egregious Abuse Against Child Sufficient Basis to Terminate Parental Rights as to Siblings
The Florida Court of Appeals holds that, under the terms of Florida statutes, egregious abuse directed at one sibling is sufficient, without more, to support termination of parental rights to another sibling. "The statute does not require additional proof to establish a likelihood that an abused child's sibling will also be abused. Furthermore, in some cases, a parent's conduct toward one child may demonstrate a "substantial risk of significant harm" to another child.
T.P. v. Dep't of Children & Family Servs., 2006 Fla. App. LEXIS 13254 (August 9, 2006)
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